The first step to having any real ROM-type fun is getting a custom recovery for your device. Well, the Oppo Find 7a is getting TWRP support even before it's widely available (only for sale in China right now). While Cyanogen Inc. has moved on to work with One Plus, Oppo is forging ahead with another modding-friendly Android device.
You knew it was coming – Quad HD phones are a thing now. Oppo has announced the Find 7 in two versions. There's the Find 7a, which sports a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, and the premium Find 7 with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) LCD. That works out to 538 pixels per inch, because of course you need that many.
Oppo has been gaining some notoriety as of late after the company got all buddy-buddy with Cyanogen, and if rumors about its upcoming Find 7 phone are true, they might be getting some more soon. The company posted the photo below to Chinese Twitter alternative Weibo, tacitly confirming the announcement of the phone for March 19th.
What's up with "Find 7 are coming?" According to Engadget, that's a surprisingly subtle hint that the Find 7 will be offered with two 5.5-inch screen resolution options: a standard 1080p model and a "2K" alternative, using a 2560x1400 LCD panel from JDI.
Update: The Oppo N1 isn't alone. CyanogenMod 11 nightlies are available for the Find 5 as well.
You can get your hands on an Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod pre-installed. Really, it's the first phone to have this as an option, and there's a good chance that's the only reason you even know which phone I'm referring to. Yet as cool as that is, for Android tinkerers, there's just one problem - it's too outdated. KitKat's been hitting devices for months now, but the phone came with Android 4.3, and the type of people likely to buy this handset aren't exactly the most patient bunch.
The Oppo N1 isn't a phone you'd expect to see sold in markets like the United States. It's eccentric and, frankly, kind of weird. A rear touchpad panel? A swiveling camera? A 5.9" display? Official CyanogenMod support from the factory? It has "niche" written all over it (not literally, but that would be kind of funny, I suppose). As such, the N1's appeal in western markets is likely to be limited to the enthusiast audience, an audience Android Police has long entertained.
The Oppo N1 is, indeed, the first smartphone ever to be sold with CyanogenMod pre-installed as an option. The CyanogenMod edition of the N1 went on sale Christmas Eve, and while it looks no different from its skinned counterpart, marks a huge milestone in the custom ROM saga, a veritable "first" in the industry.
Yes, CyanogenMod fans, there is a Santa Claus. Cyanogen Inc. announced early on Christmas Eve morning that the long-awaited Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition is now available on Oppo's web store. It costs the same $599 as the standard N1, but comes pre-loaded with CyanogenMod 10.2 (Android 4.3). You'll also get spiffy custom packaging, a CyanogenMod phone case (plus a standard case), the O-click remote shutter, and a few stickers to show your devotion. Shipping is free, but will take a while in the middle of the holidays.
As we reported earlier, CyanogenMod on the Oppo N1 has passed the Google compatibility test suite and other milestones, giving it official access to Google's closed-source applications and the Google Play Store.
It's been a crazy few months for the team at Cyanogen Inc.. After announcing the partnership with Oppo, the new company cofounded by Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta has released a CyanogenMod installer app, built a Google-approved ROM for the N1, and secured a mess of funding. Now there's a YouTube channel where you can follow the exploits of the CM crew, and it all starts with a demo of the Oppo N1 running the official CyanogenMod ROM.
It's officially official: the Oppo N1 is the first Google-approved CyanogenMod phone. After passing through Google's CTS (compatibility test suite), CDD (compatibility definition document), and CTS Verifier, the phone can legitimately run Google's suite of apps and have access to the Google Play Store. It is an undeniably big milestone for Cyanogen Inc., who hope to release a true "CyanogenMod" phone at some point, with the "highest quality hardware available" through a partnership with an as-yet unannounced firm.
Passing all of Google's compatibility testing means that Cyanogen Inc. can now deploy CyanogenMod on the Oppo N1 with an officially licensed version of the Google Apps package, which will otherwise be identical to the sideloaded packages CM users have been utilizing for years.
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been making a few waves in the Android world as of late, and their latest flagship is now available to hungry consumers in the US. The N1 superphone launches today on Oppo's official web store: $599 American greenbacks lands you one with 16GB of storage, while the 32GB version goes for $649. Standard shipping is free, and the package includes both a flip cover and Oppo's O-Click remote shutter.
The N1 is a beast of a phone, thanks in no small part to its pocket-straining 5.9-inch 1080p screen. Unique features include a 13-megapixel camera on a rotating hinge, so it functions as both the front and rear camera, and a touch-sensitive back panel that's integrated with Oppo's Color software based on Android 4.2.
OmniROM has only existed for a few weeks, but it's already gaining traction with certain groups (you know who you are). The first nightly builds of OmniROM based on Android 4.4 supported 15 devices, and today brings six more to the fold.